Sprint has talks of starting LTE data, but for now all their 4g phones support WiMAX.

I am considering starting a sprint unlimited contract with the EVO 3D phone.

The phone supports WiMAX 4g, on a snapdragon msm8660 processor. I'm wondering if this phone will be able to support LTE if sprint does release it, or does LTE require a special modem?

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The HTC Evo does not contain any LTE hardware, so it wont work


Even on Sprint, LTE will be supported through new devices, just like on all the other carriers. WiMAX is a different technology. Because they are both called 4G is irrelevant. HSPA+ is called 4G, too, and is also not the same as LTE (or WiMax),

  • Right, I get that it's a completely different protocol, I was just curious if the EVO 3d has LTE hardware, or if its CDMA or WiMax Radios can support LTE through firmware tweaks. Jul 17, 2011 at 8:24
  • The technologies are on different frequencies; the filters used in the radios are all hardware and so you can't tweak it through firmware.
    – Broam
    Oct 20, 2011 at 20:58

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